WATERING HOLE

The Pig & Parrot Pub & Grill

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The Pig & Parrot Pub & Grill
77 Hudson St.
(201) 683-7370
thepigandparrot.com

Photos by Victor M. Rodriguez

One of the most iconic signs in Hoboken hangs above this popular pub: the one that once graced the old Victor Hotel. The vertical letters of the vintage sign, a little worse for wear, evoke an earlier era.

But this part of town, smack in the middle of its bustling transportation hub, has always been a hotbed of activity.

The only difference is that now, new taverns and restaurants cater to obsessive texters, Instagrammers, and other habitués of the 21st century.

The Pig & Parrot has brought a taste of Key West to downtown Hoboken. If you’ve ever been to Key West, it’s not such a stretch. Both are vibrant, happening towns with artists, innovators, and great watering holes.

The place has a friendly feel. It’s usually pleasantly packed with sports watchers and a diverse demographic of patrons enjoying Happy Hour or a really late evening; the bar closes at 3 a.m.

The Key West vibe comes from a few well-chosen design elements and a bit of turquoise ocean in the color scheme.

Not to mention the menu, which features the Key West Combo, a troika of coconut shrimp, grouper fingers, and fried green tomatoes; Key West Chicken, made with citrus marinated chicken, pepper jack cheese, avocado, and tomato; and of course the iconic Key Lime pie.

A host of other options includes a wide selection of quesadillas, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, and rice bowls.

Walk into the Pig & Parrot, and you get the feeling that Ernest Hemingway might be bellying up to the bar.—07030